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Why USWNT hero Rose Lavelle almost quit soccer as a teenager

Why USWNT hero Rose Lavelle almost quit soccer as a teenager

Washington Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle joined Roger Bennett and Michael Davies for a live edition of their podcast Men in Blazers at the British Embassy on Monday.

Introduced as the player whose saucy nutmeg in the semifinal would be something England could never recover from, Lavelle discussed the afterglow of the World Cup win, how she fell in love with soccer and tweeting.

One moment that changed her course in soccer was getting cut from the Olympic Development Program at 13. The coach that cut her ended up being her coach at the University of Wisconsin, and that moment solidified her desire to move further up in the program.

"I had wanted to quit and my mom was like 'you have to finish the year,'" she said. "And then I got cut and she was like 'alright you can quit' and I was like 'NO!'

"I think I learn a lot more from the lows in my life than the highs and I feel like that's one of the moments I learned a lot about myself," Lavelle added.

The highlight of her time with the Men in Blazers was when she dramatically read some of her favorite tweets, in which she philosophizes about "canine obesity, parallel parking and the challenges of having to put on jeans two days in a row," according to Davies.

She started with the pressure of parallel parking in front of an onlooker.

"A lot goes into it [tweeting] but I have to make sure that the wording's right," Lavelle said. "It's kind of like a college paper just a lot less words. That's how much work goes into it."

Next, she lamented the fact that dogs can't consume chocolate without getting sick.

Lavelle has a dog of her own, a bulldog named Wilma Jean Wrinkles, who has her own Instagram account and lives in Cincinnati with her parents. (Wilma Jean Wrinkles was recently profiled in our Pro Pets series.)

Her final tweet was about her concerns on airplane etiquette.

"Here's what I love about your social media," Bennett said. "The Rose Lavelle as a football player on the field and the Rose Lavelle on social media are one and the same."

You can watch Lavelle's appearance on the Men In Blazers podcast on September 15 on NBC Sports Network as part of their Premier League coverage.

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